Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Label Positioning

I posted this last year.
But seeing as I have alot of new readers and my mom didn't catch it the first time;)
I thought it would be worth reposting.

When adding your labels please attach them to the middle of the box.
As they get taped approx 1/4 of the way on the long side of the box.
Photos courtesy of OCC Canada

Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday Favorites-clothing

Clothing is a great item to add to your box!
It is something we take for granted but can be an answer to prayer for the child receiving it.  Shop at the end of season for the best prices on clothing

Monday, October 22, 2012

Update and Do's and Don't's of Packing Boxes.

Less than a month until collection week!!! Who is excited?

Sorry for the lack of posts.  It's a busy time of  year! 

My boxes at home are all packed, expect for the candy, which I'll buy after halloween when it's on sale.
I'll hopefully post more pictures of some of my favorite boxes in the days to come
Our packing party at church is coming along good. I am learning to delegate.  Not something that comes naturally for me. But on  Sunday I had the high school students fold all our boxes, and cut and tape all the girl boy labels.  This was a huge blessing.  And something I am glad to stroke off my to do list.
I also have a wonderful support group of ladies who help with any little projects, bagging soap, cutting price tags off clothes etc. They are always up for anything.
I am now recruiting volunteers to help with the packing party.  Baking goodies, working our "store" where the kids buy items from to fill their boxes, and having extra helpers for the younger grades.  Oh and I have asked a photographer.  Another important position to fill.

I want to leave you with this post written on Muthering Heights and it is a great fun article on the do's and don't's of what to pack.

Happy Shopping and Packing!!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

$1.00 Summer Clearance on At Wal-mart.

Clothing was another thing that I had been praying for, for our packing party. And today God provided! $1.00 Summer Clearance at Wal-mart, shirts, shorts for boys and hats!  God is good.

Packing Party- Tips and Lessons Learned.

Plan a Packing Party!
I was so excited a beautiful young lady in church mentioned she was heading up a packing party at her school.  And she wanted more information:) Which reminded me I had never posted this yet.

I am heading up our Packing Party at our church again.  We are planning on packing 250+ boxes.

Here are a few things I have learned from previous experience.  And ideas to help it run smooth.

1. Pick a date, time and location.
This year I sent home invitations to the party! I saw this on pinterest and thought it was a fun idea that would cause some excitement.

There are lots of great Operation Christmas Child Videos out th

2.Decide if you will have people bring money to buy a box, items, or everyone brings a specific item and specific amount of that item.

For our Packing Party at church we have a donation box, that we have out most of the year.  And we also accept monetary donations.  This year we have received more monetary donations, opposed to actual items.  So I have done more shopping this year.

3. Boxes are needed to make this party happen.  Decide if you will use boxes from OCC or shoe boxes.  This year, a wonderful lady who works at Walmart, has been collecting for us. We will have about 1/2 regular shoe boxes and 1/2 OCC boxes.  We wanted larger boxes as we are adding a pair of shoes to every box.

4. Labels. Again make sure that you have enough labels for each box.
A lesson learned from last year.  We are cutting out all our labels ahead of time.  With so many little preschoolers, this was time consuming and added stress.  This year having them all cut ahead of time and tapping them onto the boxes should make things run smoother.

Also make sure you place the label in the middle of the box as pictured.
This is very important because after the box has gone through the processing center it gets taped shut as pictured.  So it is important the label is in the correct position so they can tell what age and gender when handing out the boxes.

5. Shop. Shop. Shop.  I find regularly shopping helps to find deals.  You never know when a store is going to mark down an item.

Shop in the Party Section of your chain store or dollar store. You can often buy multiple items for $1.00 or $2.00.  ( See my Multiple Mondays for more Multiple ideas)

Shop at a Party Store. You can find Multiple packs of erasers, balls, skipping ropes and other neat little things.  I love these items I found at Party City!  These came individual or in multi packs.  But the individual ones were on sale.  I think for .19 cents each. 

Shop at the Dollar Store.  There are so many great things that you can find there!!

*Have a good variety of items. 
Hygiene -toothbrush, soap (in a ziploc bag) wash cloth, comb, nail clipper, file.
School Supplies- pencils, pencil sharpener, pens, crayons/pencil crayons/markers/gel pens, scissors, ruler and don't forget the paper!
Often children can not go to school because they do not have school supplies. School supplies are a huge answer to prayer for these children.
Toys- balls, marbles, cars, yo-yos, etch a sketch, music makers, dolls, stickers, beads, hair accessories, jewelry.
Clothing- underwear, shirt, footwear. Shoes can mean the difference between a child attending school and not being able to attend school.
Something to Love- Add a stuffed animal, to all ages of boxes!
Hard Candy- Candy is a huge treat for kids.  Stock up after halloween.  Remember it needs to be hard, so that it won't melt and ruin the items in the box.
Note and Picture-Download and print the About Me paper, if you have younger kids.  It's a fun way to get your kids involved.  Or write a note.  Be sure to add a picture of yourself/family.  Children loving seeing who sent them their box.
We sent our About Me papers for the kids to fill out with their parents ahead of time.  We found there wasn't enough time to do it during the party.  So we're hoping this helps.

*Remember each child will only receive one shoe box in their life time so please pack good quality items.

6.It is a Party. Have fun!
Decorate. Did you know that you can get a Packing Party Kit from OCC? It includes balloons, pens and other cool stuff.
Have Christmas Music to set the tone.
Ask a few people to bring Snacks.
Don't forget to buy ziploc bags for candy and soap.

You will also need sissors to cut the labels and tape to tape the labels on to the top of the box.

The day of the Party,Start the Party with a prayer.

And then let the fun of packing begin!

Don't forget to take pictures through out the event!! We'd love it if you posted them on my facebook or the OCC Canada page!
End with a prayer and drop off your boxes during collection week November 19-25th

To find a collection center click here.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Multiple Monday

This is one of my favorite pictures.  Love his smile!
And I love packing these glasses.  You can find them in Walmart in the Party section.
6 for $1.00.  Great value, and worth every smile!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Wal-mart Finds

I found a few of these 9 packs of Hot Wheels cars at Walmart yesterday.  Normally they are advertised during their Anniversary Sale.  But I couldn't find them this year.  Yesterday I found some tucked away on a bottom shelf.  9 cars for $7.00!  
I have also been waiting for the rest of the summer clearance to get marked down lower.  And yesterday I found these Double Dutch skipping ropes for .50 cents!  These perfect as we have some larger boxes we are wanting to fill.  What girl doesn't love to skip?

Friday Favorite- Skipping Rope

Add a skipping rope to your boxes!  They provide hours of fun:)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Princess Themed Box

Every girl deserves to feel like a princess!  They are a child of The King!
Here are a few items I have added to a few of my Princess Themed boxes.
It's hard to see but the first item on the left is a princess shirt, found it on sale at Giant Tiger, Crown, Princess paper dolls, Princess bag, Princess rings (set of 7 for $1.24 at Dollarama) Princess Pencil Case- well it's actually a package that underwear came in, but works great as a pencil case! Princess necklace.  Found after Christmas on clearance.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Hello Kitty Theme Box.

I love it when boxes end up having a theme.  This one came together so nicely.
Wash cloth, pencil case with Hello Kitty pencils pens, pencil crayons, pencil sharpener and eraser, comb, toothbrush, nail files, the round circle with the bear, is a brush that pops open with a mirror.  Ball from Old Navy,  Hello Kitty bracelet, hello Kitty Paint with water (from Michaels) Hello Kitty Valentines I bought at 90% off. Hello Kitty toy, a friend gave to me from a Happy Meal Toy, Hello Kitty Flip Flops, underwear and soap.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Multiple Monday- Balloons.

Love buying a bag of balloons and dividing them between a few boxes. 
What child doesn't love balloons?

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

5-9 Girls Box

Bag- free (from Subway)
2 Notebooks .10 cents (.05 cents each Walmart Back to School)
Pet Shop Stuffed animal - free (given to me)
Socks - free (Given to me from a friend who use to make Sock Monkeys and didn't know what to do with her extra socks)
Shirt $1.00 (Fields clearance)
Little Pet shop toys -.25 cents (Found at thrift store but from Mc.Donalds Happy Meal)
Candy - free (livesavers, pixie sticks, suckers from parades and birthday party goodie bags)
Skipping Rope .75 cents (Bargain shop summer clerance)
Heart puzzle .12 (pack of 6 on clearance after Valentine's day)
Ball .25 cents (Old Navy)
Package of stickers (from a large pack of foam stickers, divided into a few packages)
Wash cloth .33 cents (Walmart -pack of 12 for $4.00)
Toothbrush .21 cents ( Pack of 6 for $1.25 from Dollar Tree)
Bows -made from felt
Headbands, bracelets, rings from Dollarama maybe $1.00 for everything
Sewing Kit- made my own
Orange Pencil Sharpener - Party City
Crayons .25 cents Target
Scissor .30 cents (Pack of 3 for .91 cents from Canadian Tire)
2 Erasers .10 cents (Pack of 5 for .25 cents from Superstore)
5 pens .22 cents (Pack of 10 for .44 cents from Superstore Clearance)
5 pencils .13 cents (Pack of 10 for .25 cents Superstore Back to School)

There are a few things I don't remember the price of.  But I'm guessing the total is under $8.00

Happy Packing

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Staples clearance

Found these Zany bandz at Staples for .23 cents.

Tips on making it all fit.

Getting everything packed into a box, can be a challenge.
Here are a few tips which have helped me make the most of the room there is, and making sure the items arrive in good condition.

I love adding notebooks, looseleaf and paper.  But the problem is that it doesn't seen to fit properly.  What I have found to be the most effective way of packing, is to put the paper in so it folds up to the top of the lid. And when the lid closes it gently fold it over, without wrecking it. If you pack it with the paper coming up the other way, the lid crushes it.  If you try adding it lengthwise, the notebooks and paper are a bit too big and end up getting crumpled.
When adding crayons and soap (which should be bagged) I usually add them to the end standing up.  It seems to be the best use of space.

When packing a waterbottle, or cup.  Add items into the bottle to make use of the empty space.  Wash cloths, socks, underwear, all fit well into there, as long as the opening isn't too narrow. Remember they have to be able to get it out as well.

Happy Packing!
So excited to find these on clearance at Superstore for $1.44.  Every little girl deserves to feel like a princess!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Multiple Monday- Jewlery

Every girl deserves to have something pretty!  I always enjoy shopping for jewelry to add to boxes.  I found this 5 pack of necklaces and 20 pack of bracelets at an independent Dollar store.  I will divide them, soithat each girl receives 1 necklace and a few bracelets.